TORONTO, June 19, 2012 /CNW/ - The Ontario Research and Innovation
Optical Network (ORION) is delighted to welcome Susan Baldwin to her
new role as Advanced Computing Strategist. Susan will support ORION's
President and CEO, Dr. Darin Graham, to help coordinate programs,
collaborate with the High Performance Computing (HPC) community and
build funding support initiatives.
Susan brings a wealth of experience and leadership related to HPC,
telecommunications, strategic planning, development and execution.
Couple this with her in-depth knowledge of government structure and
mandates Susan will be instrumental in ORION's plan to become even more
engaged in the HPC community. Already supporting the backbone of HPC
in Ontario, ORION is the network infrastructure for all three academic
HPC consortiums in Ontario - Sharcnet, HPCVL and Scinet. Their use of
ORION's network saves them more than an estimated $1 million annually
for their connectivity.
"Susan's strength as a facilitator, collaborator and strategist in
bringing a diverse set of HPC stakeholders together will help ORION
lead the way for computing and data centre connectivity - putting
Ontario on the map as a global leader" says Darin Graham.
Prior to joining ORION, Susan was Compute Canada's first Executive
Director where she was responsible for leading the creation of a
powerful HPC platform for research. She worked in collaboration with
the university-based regional divisions to provide overall architecture
and planning, software integration, operations and management and
coordination of user support for the national HPC platform. She was
responsible for developing and executing the strategic plan for HPC in
Canada and securing the necessary funding.
Other career accomplishments include her role as Chief Administrative
Officer of CANARIE Inc. and many senior executive positions in the
Government of Canada in various departments including the CRTC,
Canadian Heritage and Industry Canada. Susan holds a Master's degree
from the University of Toronto.
"I look forward to working with Darin and the highly respected ORION
team to bring new opportunities through the application of high
performance computing to the broad research, education, and innovation
community ORION serves. ORION's strategies and strengths are
positioning Ontario as a provider of world-class leadership in HPC and
data centre connectivity," says Susan Baldwin.
Susan will be based out of Ottawa offering ORION a key presence in
The Ontario Research and Innovation Optical Network (ORION) is an
advanced technology, "ultra-fast" fibre optic network, owned and
operated by a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting and
advancing research, learning and innovation. ORION connects all of
Ontario's universities, numerous colleges, several teaching hospitals,
other public research facilities and a growing number of school boards
to one another and to the global grid of research and education (R&E)
As Ontario's advanced R&E network, ORION is a critical tool that
supports and facilitates research, education, collaboration and
innovation, benefitting Ontario's leading researchers, educators and
learners. Stretching 5,800 kilometres, it is one of the largest R&E
networks in the world.
SOURCE Ontario Research and Innovation Optical Network (ORION)
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